Jan. 22 Men's Basketball Recap

Go C-USA! Darrius Morrow
Darrius Morrow

Jan. 22, 2011

UTEP and Memphis remain atop the C-USA standings following road wins Saturday evening. The Miners won their third in a row with a 57-52 victory at Houston. With the Tigers' 76-73 overtime win at UAB, Memphis won its 10th-straight against the Blazers and handed UAB its first loss at Bartow Arena this season. The pair were two of five C-USA teams that won on the road today.

Like Memphis, East Carolina picked up its second road win of the week with an 82-81 victory at Marshall. Junior Darrius Morrow tossed in a career-high 33 points in the win.

SMU was the lone team with a home win as the Mustangs shot a sizzling 69.8 percent from the field (30-43) to defeat Southern Miss, 79-65, at Moody Coliseum. It was the second-best shooting performance for them in school history. Senior Papa Dia, the reigning C-USA Player of the Week, hit 10-of-10 field goals for 23 points.

Five Tulsa players scored in double-figures as the Golden Hurricane earned their first road win of the season with a 65-61 victory at Tulane. Rice also registered a first with its first conference win by defeating UCF, 57-50.

Complete C-USA Standings and Results

Updated Statistics

Memphis 76, UAB 73 (OT)
UTEP 57, Houston 52
SMU 79, Southern Miss 65
Tulsa 65, Tulane 61
East Carolina 82, Marshall 81
Rice 57, UCF 50

Conference Games in Bold.


Memphis freshmen Will Barton (Baltimore, Md.) and Antonio Barton (Baltimore, Md.) combined for 33 points as the Tigers defeated UAB, 76-73 in overtime. Will Barton also tied a career-best with eight rebounds. Freshman Tarik Black (Memphis, Tenn.) added 15 points and is now averaging 11.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in his last five appearances. He also tied a career high with four blocks against UAB. It was the 10th-straight win for Memphis in the series and UAB's first loss at home this season. Memphis improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season.



UAB junior F Cameron Moore (San Antonio, Texas) registered his 10th double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jamarr Sanders (Mongomery, Ala.) added 15 points and senior PG Aaron Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and five assists.

UTEP won its third-straight with a 57-52 victory at Houston. Senior G Randy Culpepper (Memphis, Tenn.) scored a team-high 18 points. Classmates Jeremy Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) added 15 points and Julyan Stone (Goleta, Calif.) grabbed 14 rebounds and sealed the win with a three-pointer with 19 seconds to play. Stone, who just broke the C-USA career assists record last weekend, added six assists to his career total (639) tonight,

Houston senior G Adam Brown (San Antonio, Texas) tossed in a game-high 22 points. Sophomore F Kirk Van Slyke (The Woodlands, Texas) scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

SMU shot a sizzling 69.8 percent from the field (30-43) as the Mustangs knocked off Southern Miss, 79-65, this afternoon at Moody Coliseum. It was the second-best shooting performance for them in school history. Senior Papa Dia (St. Louis, Senegal), the reigning C-USA Player of the Week, hit 10-of-10 field goals for 23 points. Junior Robert Nyakundi and senior Collin Mangrum tossed in 16 and 15 points, respectively. Junior G Rodney Clinkscales (Zion, Ill.) added 12 points for the Mustangs, who have won nine of their last 11 home games. Dia blocked four shots to pass 100 for his career at 102, and freshman Jeremiah Samarrippas (Bartow, Fla.) had a career-high nine assists.

Junior G Angelo Johnson (Minneapolis, Minn.) led Southern Miss with 16 points, with four three-pointers. Senior Gary Flowers (Dallas, Texas), C-USA's leading scorer, was held to just 12 points offensively and scored the Golden Eagles first six and last six points for the game.

East Carolina junior F Darrius Morrow (Atlanta, Ga.) scored a career-high 33 points, including the game-winning free throw, as the Pirates won its second-straight road game with an 82-81 win at Marshall. Senior G Jontae Sherrod (Tarboro, N.C.) added 19 points and classmate Brock Young (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied 16 points and eight assists. Morrow also grabbed eight rebounds.

Marshall was led by senior Tirrell Baines (Laurens, S.C.) with 21 points, tying his season high, and eight rebounds. Junior F Dago Pena (Punta Gorda, Fla.) hit five three-pointers and scored 17 points for the Herd. Freshman DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.) contributed 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Junior G Damier Pitts (Charlotte, N.C.) added 10 points.

Five Tulsa players scored in double figures as the Golden Hurricane picked up its first road win of the season, defeating Tulane 65-61. Sophomore G/F Bryson Pope (Jenks, Okla.) scored a team-high 16 points. As the norm for this series, the game went down to the wire, before Tulsa made nine free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win. Senior G Justin Hurtt (Raytown, Mo.) and freshman Jordan Clarkson (San Antonio, Texas) chipped in 11 points apiece. Junior F Steven Idlet (Prairie Grove, Ark.) was just shy of his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Scottie Haralson (Jackson, Miss.) also added 10 points.

Tulane sophomore Kendall Timmons (Fort Worth, Texas) registered his sixth double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Kris Richard (Beaumont, Texas) reached the 1,000-point plateau with 15 points, including three three-pointers against Tulsa. He becomes the 31st Green Wave player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Rice earned its first conference win of the season with a 57-50 victory over host UCF. Junior G Connor Frizzelle (Red Oak, Texas) led the Owls with 15 points, and sophomore F Arsalan Kazemi (Esfahan, Iran) recorded 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and 21st for his career. UCF led 27-25 at the break, but Rice opened the second half with a 15-1 run.

Despite a late comeback attempt, the Knights were unable to rally for a victory. Sophomore F Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.) totaled a game-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds and four blocked shots for UCF. Classmate Marcus Jordan (Chicago, Ill.) went 10-of-12 at the line to finish with 10 points. UCF, the C-USA leader in blocked shots, finished the game with nine blocks.

Wednesday, January 26
Southern Miss at East Carolina - 6:00p
Marshall at UAB - 7:00p
UCF at Memphis (CBS C) - 7:00p
SMU at Tulsa - 7:00p
Houston at Rice (CSS) - 8:00p
Tulane at UTEP (TW Texas) - 8:05p

All times Central.

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East Carolina | Houston | Marshall | Memphis | Rice | SMU | Southern Miss | Tulane | Tulsa | UAB | UCF | UTEP

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